Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Berkley ... Nomi Malone
Kyle MacLachlan ... Zack Carey
Gina Gershon ... Cristal Connors
Glenn Plummer ... James Smith
Robert Davi ... Al Torres
Alan Rachins ... Tony Moss
Gina Ravera ... Molly Abrams
Lin Tucci ... Henrietta 'Mama' Bazoom
Greg Travis ... Phil Newkirk
Al Ruscio ... Mr. Karlman
Patrick Bristow ... Marty Jacobsen
William Shockley ... Andrew Carver
Bobbie Phillips ... Dee
Dewey Weber ... Jeff
Rena Riffel ... Penny / Hope
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All alone in the world, Nomi Malone, making her way to Las Vegas, is determined to make a name as a dancer while putting her unspoken past behind her. Her tough, streetwise veneer is not as infallible as she would like, she, as she arrives in Vegas, becoming more cautious in the way she approaches strangers who seem willing to help her purely out of the goodness of their heart. Her talent and connections in combination are only able to get her a job at the Cheetah Club, a strip joint. Her first true friend in Vegas, Molly Abrams, works as the costumer for Goddess, the topless production at the Stardust. It is through Molly that Nomi catches the eye of Goddess' headliner, Cristal Connors. Nomi has a love/hate feeling toward Cristal: she doesn't much like her but wants to become her. Being at the Stardust, Nomi also catches the eye of Cristal's boyfriend, Zack Carey, Stardust's entertainment director. Through these contacts, Nomi is presented opportunity after opportunity to be part of ... Written by Huggo

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The side of Vegas you were never mean't to see. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence | See all certifications »

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Paul Verhoeven called 'Showgirls' his most 'Fellini-esque', praising it for its lush cinematography and colors. He also admitted that it lacked dramatic drive, and that he should have included a thriller element in the form of a murder mystery. See more »

Goofs

When Cristal falls down the stairs at the end, she is nearly at the bottom when she is pushed, yet the next shot shows her falling from much nearer the top. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff: Hop in, pard!
Nomi Malone: Where are you going?
Jeff: Vegas! Come on! This is your lucky day!
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Alternate Versions

When the film aired on VH1, any nudity especially during the stage performances and sex scenes, were digitally painted over to match skin tones or previous articles of clothing that covered those areas. The heavily altered VH1 broadcast version credits "Jan Jansen" as director. See more »

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Diva
Written by Peter Rauhofer, Eric Kupper and Loco
Performed by Club 69
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records / Gig Records / Mercury Records B.V.
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14 April 2000 | by daveyboy-7See all my reviews

Now, don't take me the wrong way when I say that I loved this film. It's truly a bad film, but it's so bad that it's great! I just can't help but like the utterly incompetent dialogue... especialy the dinner doggie-chow conversation. Writer, Joe Ezerhaus, known for his over-the-top, overly sexual, homophobic, woman-hating scripts has somehow managed to bring these abhorrent traits together in such a way as to fascinate. Clearly prejudiced towards lesbians and gays, Ezerhaus writes with a strange pen here... at once homophobic but at the same time so outrageous that it can't be taken seriously. Berkley's performance is dead-on (many panned it, but really she showed true style and wit bringing a charm to a role designed to be offensive), if not for this Naomi would have been a nasty unsympathetic character and the film really would have just sucked. So, ultimatly, no credit to Ezerhaus! The success of this film (and I'm not talking box-office) resides solely on the performances and directing. With a lesser cast and director this would have been helpless trash, but Gina Gershon, Paul Verhoeven and Elizabeth Berkley bring it to life. Great dance sequences, and cool costumes make for an enjoyable film. I could have done without the brutal rape scene though. That is the films only real downfall... but then again, blame Ezerhaus for that!


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Showgirls See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,112,627, 24 September 1995

Gross USA:

$20,350,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,358,624
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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